Nick was born and raised in California. He attended the University of Southern California where he earned a BA in both Economics and Political Science. Nick also earned an MBA from USC where he graduated Dean’s List and was chosen in his second year as the recipient of the Provident Investment Counsel Endowed Scholarship.
Prior to co-founding Amberstone in 2019, Nick ran Trail Post Ventures (TPV), a consumer products focused independent sponsor where he led investment thesis development, deal execution and portfolio company management. Prior to TPV, Nick was an Associate in Piper Sandler’s Investment Banking division where he covered the consumer vertical. Before joining Piper, Nick was an investing partner and General Manager of a high-end, Mexican restaurant concept where he ran finance and operations, and helped determine expansion plans, while simultaneously overseeing day-to-day operations. Nick also held an Associate role with THL Credit, focusing on management buyout and leveraged buyout transactions in the consumer space. Nick began his career in investment banking at North Point Advisors where he focused on the consumer vertical.
University of Southern California, BA
University of Southern California, MBA (Honors)
Who’s been your biggest professional influence?
I watched my dad grow a restaurant business from one unit to being traded on NASDAQ. The grit and determination, coupled with the business acumen he showed daily fascinated me and instilled in me a work ethic that I have never forgotten. His journey has been the single largest influence on the career decisions I have made, and the calculated risks he took, left a lasting impact on the ramifications of the decisions we make.
What are your favorite childhood brands?
Memories of Hot Pockets and Sour Punch Straws are ingrained in my brain after after-school trips to the store or breaks after soccer games. It has been fun to see brands change, and consumer preferences evolve over the years. There are now so many brands my family can choose from that offer healthier options, but don’t sacrifice on taste… I’m jealous of what my son is going to get to eat!